If you have proficiency with something, you are pretty good at it. If you have proficiency with Spanish, you can understand and communicate well in that language.

Proficiency, pronounced "pro-FISH-en-cee," comes from the Latin word proficere, meaning "accomplish, make progress, be useful." If you have achieved proficiency in something, you have done well at gaining a skill. However, having proficiency doesn't make you an expert. Still, proficiency is something to be proud of — it means you have worked hard, and if you keep going, you probably will become an expert.

Definitions of proficiency

n the quality of having great facility and competence

Type of:
competence, competency
the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually

n skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity

“practice greatly improves proficiency
an artist's distinctive technique of applying paint with a brush
the technique of using small arms (especially in battle)
Type of:
the state of being cognitively skillful

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